Ep 12. The 5G Era: Phones and Drones
Back in the 90s or early 2000s, The Internet of Things (IoT) was a mere fantasy. Having machines that could think still sounds like a far fetched idea. However, with the emergence of 5G technology, IoT is becoming more part and parcel of life. Besides allowing us to feel like we are a part of a sci-fi show, 5G technology also contributes to drone innovation and gives it more potential in terms of utilization and potential. GSMA is an international association of mobile operators, which means that they innovate and regulate the technology behind mobile networks. In this episode, he introduces how IoT can connect people with drones, and how important are mobile networks in the drone industry
David Turkington from GSMA talks about how 5G technology will significantly improve and innovate the drone industry. Moving forward, most devices will be requiring bandwidths, connections, mobility and such, and this is where 5G plays a very important role. David explained the projection of how these mobile networks will move forward and be adopted in the future. Cloud computing and virtualization are some of the things that 5G can provide. David also explained ‘Network Slicing’ in detail, which is a useful part of 5G that allows us to dedicate a different physical part of the network to different people. This allows resources to be allocated dynamically and accordingly and can be very beneficial in the drone industry. The use of 5G in aviation is critical as it uses a global secure standard, among other advantages that are mentioned in this episode. David also talks about how SIM cards work as an identification system, the usage of LTE, tech application for autonomous vehicles like drones, and other things. Besides that, he also talked about how mobility management is important in the drone industry.
Drone flying is prohibited around airports due to network interference. With 5G and network slicing, this problem can be solved.